Friday, January 4, 2019


Loving and Learning in Lodi January 6 2019
         
          When I was 14, my family was about to be homeless and shadows of uncertainty entered our lives. My parents were under contract to buy the house we had been renting. The owner, however, decided to sell it to his daughter and her husband instead and did. I have memories of my parents being quite upset and worried about finding another place to live in a short amount of time. Their stress was evident, and I carried the worry and uncertainty with me. Our story ended well with my parents learning of a farm house that was for rent. We packed our belongings and were soon moved in.
         
          We all know people who have almost become homeless. And, we all have passed people without a home on some street, usually in some city.
         
          We celebrate the coming of the Wisemen to Joseph, Mary and Jesus this Sunday, and we begin the church season of Epiphany. We know the story well. We remember it ends with God warning Joseph in a dream to basically run!! So, Jesus’ family flees, homeless, and crosses the border into Egypt to get beyond Herod’s grasp. I imagine the fear those parents had…the uncertainty of what would come next.
         
          The flight of the Holy Family to Egypt reminds us to compassionately hold in our hearts those who flee their homes for reasons of safety and those who have found themselves homeless for whatever reasons. 
                                               
                                                                             See you Sunday!
                                                                                       Pastor Diane

From our prayer time on Sunday, December 30th:
Anniversary:
 ~Tom and Grace Harvey celebrated 59 years on December 26.  They have been wonderful years and they look forward to many, many more.
Joys:
~Cindy and Adam Namerow were so excited to have all the kids home for Christmas. 
~Dee Heitkamp was so thankful for answered prayers this Christmas.  Their pastor friend and Bob's sister, both, made it home for Christmas.  Thank you, God!
Concerns:
~ Rich Serafin's cousin has been in ICU.   He really needs our prayers.
~Bill Dunham, and his family, need our prayers.  The family is requesting no calls, texts, food or visits. 
~Sherry Walker's tongue cancer has returned.
~All the unspoken prayers among us.
~Our military personnel, and their families, near and far.
Recovering: Garry Moore, Tom Repp, Charlie Brown, Lee Geissman, Patty Ramey, Bill Dunham
Cancer: Diane McMahon, Rich Serafin, Terry Gayner, Zachary, Delbert Miller, Hattie Ziegler
Families Grieving:  The Jim Hastings family, The Susie Hall family, The Judy Yoder family, The Joni Barnes family, The Doris Formanek family, Ken Wiley family, The Frankie Dudas Family, The Leonard Barnhart Family

Sunday, January 6, 2019
Liturgist:       Katrina Morgan                                                                     Greeter: Ron & Faye Stewart
Hymns:        We Three Kings                 verses 1 & 5                               #254
                        Make Me a Servant                                                   TFWS #2176
                   The First Noel                    verses 1 – 3                      #245
                   Go Tell It on the Mountain   verses 1 & 3                      #251  

Scripture                                          Matthew 2:1 - 12                            New International Version


When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:

“‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
who will shepherd my people Israel.’”

Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. 8 He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”

After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.” So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod.

Leader:    The word of God for the people of God.                            People:    Thanks be to God.
THE CHURCH IN ACTION

Choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings at 7. Come join us!

Remember to bring your 2019 Stewardship cards to worship this Sunday if you’re ready to turn them in.

Monthly Church Potluck is this Sunday after worship. Bring a dish to share and stay for some great food and incredible fellowship!!
2019 Offering Envelopes are ready for you to pick up at the back of the sanctuary by the ramp. Please sign the sheet letting us know what numbered envelopes you’ve chosen. Thank you for your faithful and generous giving!

Lafayette United Methodist Church is offering a Financial Peace class…The class begins on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 from 6:30 – 8:00 and runs for 9 weeks. Through written materials and videos with creator, Dave Ramsey, the group will learn how to remove debt and money stress from their lives and begin to save for the future as well. For more information see www.fpu.com or call 330-725-6176.


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